I cannot believe it’s been twenty years since 9/11, even though I’ve been thinking about it since my Japan anniversary. Amazing to think how many alive now for whom it’s history and not something they lived through. I’ve already blown up social media, so for this just have Tribute in Light from the Ferry and one of my favorite spots: Liberty Park just south of the memorial. At the back, that’s St. Nicholas Church, which opened today after many years of fundraising challenges, to say the least. And toward the front is The Sphere, which was damaged but not destroyed: visible symbol of the city resiliency.
Fall: I love you and want you to stay around forever. You make running and existing so much more civil. Any 90 degree temps are my fault as I took the AC out of the window to put my year-old chair (best purchase ever!) back in its spot to watch TV with football, Law & Order on the horizon.
- Sunday: I’d heard there was a new trail to the summit of Hook Mountain. After two tries, I still couldn’t find it so I used a highway turnoff I probably hadn’t in 25 years. Although it was foggy as hell, it was a fun hike. In high school, I knew that hike without thinking? Now? I need GPS. When did we get old?
- never miss a Monday: while I have run to and from the Hook many times, I never had the chance to run the river-front trail. As I’d only walked it to the point the pavement ended (~ 3m RT), I forgot it had some sneaky hills. Luckily those were outweighed by the deer and gorgeous views. Fun 7m run to start off the week and cap off a gorgeous long weekend.
- Tuesday: a good re-entry after a week off? Begin and end the day in Central Park.
- Wednesday: I love my morning river route. I’ve run it probably 60+ times in quarantime. Today I did not want to be running concrete. Trails made me happy. I’m a city mouse, but ooph this re-entry was challenging.
- Thursday: office run group, post-rain edition. Fall had arrived and we (and by we I mean me-I’m the tail runner) sped up a bit.
- Friday: when a day “off” is 20,000 steps thanks to the Armory Show and a whim decision to walk down to the Memorial. I always go down on 9/11, but since I was halfway there I decided why not? It was a beautiful afternoon/evening and the sunset sky was absolute magic. The Armory Show was also pretty special in that it was the penultimate major event before everything shut down. Even with Delta, it felt like a little bit of normal and doesn’t the Yinka Shonibare piece look a little fitness-y?
- Saturday: the plan was sunrise at the memorial. The reality was a sunrise start, and 9.11 miles finishing overlooking the Statue of Liberty. It was really special to watch some of the commemoration from in front of Brookfield. I’ve gone down every anniversary since the museum opened in 2014 and even though I’d gone the eve, I felt I needed to go the morning of. Capped the day with a Pier I sunset catchup with a friend. Early sunsets and a jacket on the way home. <3
- Sunday: New York Giants home opener. Friends I haven’t seen in too long and will be so good to be back in the stadium.